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Air Local 512
December 3, 2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Congress passed a bill to impose a contract on rail labor workers to avert strikes. How did this dispute fall on Congress's lap? It’s part of elaborate procedures of the (RLA) Railway Labor Act, and the purpose of the RLA is to avoid any interruption of interstate commerce by providing for the prompt disposition between carriers and their employees. We have all heard of “Good Faith Bargaining,” The minimum requirement is to open one’s financial books from the Company’s perspective. In the mind of all of us, we think that they will negotiate fairly, but not always true.
During the process, if the National Mediation Board determines that the dispute threatens “substantially to interrupt interstate commerce to a degree such as to deprive any section of the country of essential transportation service,” which it would have caused if the Rail Unions went on strike in a tune of 2 billion a day. The NMB would notify the President, as in this case, and the President created a President Emergency Board and made recommendations to resolve this dispute. The heart of the conflict and the most significant sticking point in negotiations was the paid sick leave, which most rail workers don’t get. A commerce clause in the Constitution gives Congress the authority to intervene to prevent strikes. Congress can pass a law to impose the recommendations of PEB contract agreements rejected by labor union workers. Congress did pass and omitted the paid sick leave at the last moment. This is a wake-up call that the Railway Labor Act needs to be amended to fit our modern times.
Due to being on vacation, we had no weekly meeting this past week, and we have moved pending issues and concerns to next week's meeting. We have a special meeting for all facility maintenance and GSE members on Monday, December 5, 2022.
We conducted our first zoom meeting with the MSP station members and will start running these types of meeting with our other stations soon. We will also schedule quarterly station visits, as well.
We recently found discrepancies in how the company has coded some attendance occurrences for our members. Please take the time to review your attendance on the MyView page to make sure it is correct. Stop by the field office for assistance if you have a discrepancy with an attendance point. It has mostly affected those with FLOA or who took a VTO.
Items for review; it was the understanding of the Union and the Company that breaks should not be given on the first (30) thirty minutes of your shift because it takes away from the crew setting up their gate and fueling equipment. If fueling can’t be accommodated, please notify your control allocator in between flights for time. Fuel levels should always be checked on every shift.
Also, on several occasions, the Company has made it clear that they manage the ORD operations, not the Crew Chiefs. They hand out the breaks and lunches, including in the bagroom operation. Breaks and lunches should be assigned or scheduled by the bagroom manager. If you are entitled to a break or lunch and have not been scheduled, please notify your Crew Chief or manager. They cannot void a contractual break or lunch. If you have any further concerns, don't hesitate to contact us at the field office.
Sincerely and fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512
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